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Discovery: Science as a Window to the World / Edition 1
     

Discovery: Science as a Window to the World / Edition 1

by Ricki Lewis, Ricki Lewis
 

ISBN-10: 0632044527

ISBN-13: 9780632044528

Pub. Date: 11/28/2000

Publisher: Wiley

The goal of Discovery: Science as a Window to the World is to relay the excitement of sciene by exploring selected topics in biology and medicine in a way that reveals the process of discovery. Each chapter will focus on the curiosity and creativity that drives scientists to wonder, observe, question and experiment.

One impetus for this project is the

Overview

The goal of Discovery: Science as a Window to the World is to relay the excitement of sciene by exploring selected topics in biology and medicine in a way that reveals the process of discovery. Each chapter will focus on the curiosity and creativity that drives scientists to wonder, observe, question and experiment.

One impetus for this project is the recognition of a growing demand among instructors for a book that departs from fact-stuffed textbooks and instead engages students in the discovery process at a personal level.

  • Emphasizes the process of discovery through interviews and key experiments.
  • Written by a best-selling author.
  • Provides an in-depth, conversational look at the science behind several "hot topics" in biology.
  • Each chapter traces the beginnings of the field with stories of how serendipity and scientific inquiry intertwine.
  • Presents the background to a field by including the scientific literature-so the reader does not have to do a literature search or plow through a review article.
  • Many essays introduce the work of overlooked scientists or "unsung heroes." Alexey Olovnikov (telomeres), Leroy Steven (stem cells), to name a few.
  • Also, well-known scientists are interviewed: Stanley Miller, Carl Woese, John Gearhart, and others.
  • The essays show how ideas interact and coalesce from different lines of research.
  • Highlights the role of the media in interpreting science for the public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780632044528
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. On Discovery.

2. The Origins Of Life - When Chemistry Became Biology.

3. Going Out On A Limb For The Tree Of Life.

4. In Pursuit Of Prions.

5. The Tale Of Telomeres.

6. Stem Cells - The Science Of Self Renewal.

7. The Roots Of Cloning.

8. Homocysteine And Heart Health.

9. On Technology - From Unrealistic Expectations To Unwarranted Fears

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